Mushrooms have many health benefits.They are a good source of proteins,minerals,vitamins,amino acids and anti-oxidants.They are low in calories but high in fiber.It helps to reduce high cholesterol levels,improves immune system,aids weight loss and relief for diabetes too.But all these benefits are applicable only for edible mushrooms.Some mushrooms are poisonous which may lead to coma and several ill effects.Hence we should be careful while buying mushrooms.It is always better to buy mushrooms from well known brands and well sealed.It should be fresh and white in color.Read on to see the tips to choose and buy good quality mushrooms and how to clean them before cooking.Hope it would be useful.Do check this link to know about the different varieties of mushrooms.
HOW TO CHOOSE MUSHROOMS
I have shared some tips for choosing a good quality mushrooms if you are a first time buyer.I got these tips from here and here
- Look for firm,white mushrooms without any discoloration or bruises.
- Choose the mushrooms that are free from spots and decay.The whiter the fresher it would be.
- Button mushrooms have white caps but other mushroom varieties come in varying shades of brown and cream.
- Choose the ones with with short,clean-cut stems and caps that are either closed around the stems or slightly open ( as shown in the above picture), and with pink or light-tan gills.
- On the underside of the mushroom, the gills(black part) should be tight.Gills will spread open as mushrooms age.So buy closed ones.
HOW TO STORE MUSHROOMS
- For storage,Refrigerate your mushrooms in a paper bag to make them last longer.Keep them covered.
- Use within a few days of purchasing.(1-2 days)
HOW TO CLEAN MUSHROOMSThough the cleaning process seems longer, it can be done in minutes. I referred sharmis passions and some more websites for this topic.
Mushrooms are ready for cooking
Do check out my MUSHROOM BIRYANI recipe if interested !
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